October 20 2011 01:46PM
Thus far in the NHL regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are shooting at 12.1%. This can be interpreted as either a good thing or a bad thing. The good news is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are shooting at 12.1% and thus scoring a lot of goals and are 6th in the NHL in goals per game. They are theoretically on pace for 257 goals.
The bad news is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are shooting at 12.1% and are probably not a team capable of sustaining that rate through the full NHL season. In fact, no team really is. The 2007 Buffalo Sabres are the only post-lockout team to crack the 12% barrier over the course of an entire season, and they were a team loaded with players who had career seasons.
October 16 2011 09:18AM
Well, after a couple of weeks of research and organizing and sorting, we got six basic standard "player types" that are sorted between "high- and low-event" players that I'll be using for a little bit more of my analysis on the Nations.
If you missed it, those six player types are:
October 12 2011 02:29PM
I guess we should have known, when Ron Wilson and Paul MacLean respectively dressed Colton Orr and Zenon Konopka Saturday night, that there would be some fireworks and tension between the Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.
And while there are still a lot of members of the hockey community who appreciate a good scrap—CBC's intro song for years has been Nickelback's rip-off of the classic Elton John tune that gave this post its title—it's left many of us on the other side questioning why these fights happen.
This Sens/Leafs game, which ended up with a 6-5 shootout had the majority of the scoring coming in a period where there wasn't even a scrap to give an adrenalin jolt to the game. There were two fights in this game, so it's probably well and good to analyze what exactly they accomplished in the grand scheme of the hockey game.
October 02 2011 08:56AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
September 29 2011 08:09AM
Editor's Note: Here's a smoking gun if you ever needed one. Good Lord, Shanahan blew it.
Mikhail Grabovski took a hit from Chris Neil last night that looked like it may have resulted in a head injury, and now today Tim Connolly and Nazem Kadri each missed practice Wednesday due to respective "upper-body" and "lower-body" boo boos.